Gene Van Winkle
Following World War II in 1946, Gene Van Winkle became an official with National Speedways, Inc. (NSI) operating IMCA races as a pit steward and later as the nattily-attired starter. The mid-1950s saw the group promoting about 60 races per year, including sprints, stock cars and midgets in 10 states. In 1961, Van Winkle was named Vice-President of NSI, and in 1972 served as President. Van Winkle passed away December 15, 1996. He was inducted into the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1998.